TITLE: Another Running Month in Review
AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford
DATE: February 28, 2010 7:33 PM
A month still
hardly deserves its own review,
but two months in a row of steady running and mileage
on the rise leave me feeling a little tired but back
in something of a groove. February began with a week
of light recovery at 24 miles followed by weeks of 29,
32.3, and 32.6 miles. The last two weeks I bumped my
Sunday long run to 10 miles and felt good afterwards.
My body is even beginning to respond with some speed.
The big change this month has been a return outdoors.
I tired of running indoors and tried a few more 15-degree
days, then a few 10s, and finally even a couple days
down around the 0-degree mark -- and found I enjoyed
them! Two years of difficult running off and on had
killed my hardiness. Now I feel it coming back strong.
It probably sounds insane to when I say I enjoyed a
run this week at 4 degrees below zero, but I did!
I'm not quite back into the mid-30s for weekly mileage,
which was my ambitious hope at the end of last month,
but I can imagine it happening soon. The weather is
slowly, imperceptibly, turning to spring, which means
more and more good mornings to run outdoors.
This week I plan a few adjustments to my weekly
schedule in anticipation of a few days on the road
in Milwaukee for
followed by a few days in St. Louis on spring break
with my family. Running in other places invigorates
me, and I look forward to some new sights as spring